Heading into game three of this interleague matchup, the Phillies (74-58, 41-25 home) will send Cristopher Sánchez to the mound against the Angels (63-70, 31-37 away) and Reid Detmers. Check out my pick for today’s Los Angeles Angels vs. Philadelphia Phillies game in Philadelphia.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS VS PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Los Angeles Angels +1.5 Runs
This game will be played at Citizens Bank Park at 1:05 ET on Wednesday, August 30th.
WHY BET THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS:
- Against the runline, the Phillies have gone just 2-3 in their last five home games.
- As the road favorite, the Angels’ runline win streak currently stands at three games.
- Cristopher Sánchez has given up five away runs across his last four starts.
LOS ANGELES ANGELS LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
On a record of 63-70, the Angels find themselves in 4th place in the AL West. When playing away from home, Los Angeles is just 31-37 and come into the game with an overall series record of 18-22-3.
Today marks Reid Detmers’ 24th outing of the season, and his record stands at 3-10. His ERA is 5.03 and opponents are hitting .324 against him. He has racked up 139 strikeouts, with a WHIP of 1.38. On the road, Detmers’ ERA is 7.71 compared to 5.06 in home games.
After a defeat to the Reds, Reid Detmers was charged with four runs on seven hits across five innings of work.
This season, the Angels are 12th in the league at 4.7 runs per game. Over their last ten games, they have a combined batting average of .231 (17th) leading to 4.2 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.3 walks per game compared to 9 strikeouts. Los Angeles’ on-base percentage of .323 has them 11th in the MLB.
Shohei Ohtani has been one of the Angels’ most potent offensive weapons in 2023. His .307 batting average and 94 RBIs have been integral to the team’s success, and his 44 home runs are a testament to his power at the plate.
WILL THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
Throughout the season, the Phillies have taken advantage of playing at home, posting a series record of 14-7 at Citizens Bank Park. Their overall record of 74-58 puts Philadelphia 2nd in the NL East. Against the runline, their overall record is 59-73 and 29-37 at home. This year’s Phillies’ games have an over/under record of 58-65.
The Phillies will turn to starter Cristopher Sánchez, who has a 2-3 record through 13 appearances this season. His ERA is 3.33, and his K/9 stands at 8.19. Additionally, Sánchez has a FIP of 4.31 and an OBP of .261.
Cristopher Sánchez earned a victory in his most recent outing, guiding the Phillies to a 7-2 triumph over the Cardinals. He pitched six frames, allowing two runs and five hits, to notch a quality start.
For the season, the Phillies’ offense is averaging 4.9 runs per game. Over their last five games they have swung the bats well, sitting 3rd in the league in scoring, with a total of 33 runs. Overall, Philadelphia’s team batting average is .260, putting them 5th in the MLB.
Over the last five games, Bryce Harper has been the Phillies’ offensive leader, batting .483 and collecting the most hits. This season, Harper is hitting .309 and has 53 RBIs.